I know I have talked about some of my races that I have done but, haven’t highlighted the most memorable ones. Not all of these are good memorable. There is one that I wish never happened.
1. Disneyland Half 2009
This was my very first half. I trained for this race but, had no idea what I was doing. I can’t even remember if I was following a training plan. I know I wasn’t doing as many long runs as I should have. The most I had run during a training run was 9 miles. This course went through Disneyland, by Honda Center and through the in-field of Anaheim Stadium. I could have cared less about all those attractions. I still remember to this day how much pain I was in by the time I got to mile 9. My legs were in so much pain, they felt like jello. Oh how far I have come!
2. 1st Lt. Jared M Landaker Memorial Run for Freedom 15K
Yes, you read that right, 7,000 ft. The race took place in Big Bear, CA. I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to sign up for this race. By this time I had run a few half marathons so, maybe I was getting a little too confident in my abilities. I under trained in all aspects. I ran all but ONE training run at 900 ft elevation. My only training run that was actually done at race elevation was just a 7 miler. I wasn’t getting in enough long runs and I can’t even say that I was even running 3x a week. My training was overall very poor and it showed on race day. This was the first race that I didn’t run the whole time, I had stopped to walk quite a few times throughout the race. I remember walking along side my husband on the course and crying, saying I just wanted to walk off and pretend this whole thing never happened. I did finish. It wasn’t pretty but I finished. Lessons were learned that day.
3. Surf City Half 2013
This was my first race where I was eating Paleo. I didn’t know how my new “diet” was going to affect my race performance. I felt strong throughout the 13.1 miles. My legs felt good the whole time. Usually around mile 10 is when my body and mind start giving up and struggle to finish but, not this race. I didn’t hit any “wall”. I crossed the finish line not feeling completely wiped. I knew I made a great choice in my new “diet”.
4. OC Half 2013
I had gotten the itch to run a marathon after the Surf City half. I knew before I started this particular race that it would be the deciding factor if I should start training for a full. The race went smoothly. I felt even better than I did in my last half. I finished strong and once I crossed the finish line I knew right then and there that I was going to train for a full. I was only mildly sore the following day. My recovery was one of the quickest I ever had. A couple of weeks after this race was when I registered for my first 26.2 miles.
5. Long Beach Full Marathon 2013
Even to this day, I still can’t believe I completed a marathon. After everything that happened that lead up to race day, I was more determined than ever to finish this race. I got injured 4 weeks out from the race. I didn’t even run the last 2 weeks leading up to the day. I caught a little cold the week before. Two days before, I went to the doctor and was prescribed an inhaler and given a breathing treatment. During the race, at mile 14-15 (?) I got stung by a bee. I swear the race Gods were against me the whole time but, that just made me push more to finish what I started. And now I’m a marathoner!
What is one of your most memorable races? And why?
Is there one that you wish never happened?
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